Hind Rajab, a six-year-old Palestinian girl previously reported missing following an Israeli strike on her family’s car in Gaza 12 days earlier, has been found deceased. Her plight, marked by a desperate appeal to paramedics over the phone for rescue, ended tragically as her body was discovered alongside relatives in the Tal al-Hawa sector.
As reported by Al Jazeera, the same incident also claimed the lives of two medics dispatched for her.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and Hind’s family confirmed the fatalities of all seven car occupants on Saturday. The PRCS lamented the loss of their members, Yusuf Zeino and Ahmed al-Madhoun, in the attack targeting Gaza City civilians.
Wafa, the Palestinian news agency, reported that family members found Hind’s body near her uncle, aunt, and their three children. Another uncle, Sameeh Hamadeh, described the car as bullet-ridden.
The PRCS highlighted the deliberate targeting of their ambulance by Israeli forces despite prior arrangements for the rescue operation. A distressing audio recording circulated by the PRCS captured Hind’s pleas for help, believing herself to be the sole survivor amid her deceased loved ones.
Initially, the Israeli army denied knowledge of the incident. However, the PRCS has since emphasized the dangers faced by Palestinian healthcare workers, underscored by Hind’s tragic story and the loss of communication with the rescue team.
Al Jazeera Arabic shared insights from Hind’s mother, who recounted the terrifying moments as conveyed by Hind and her cousin Layan Hamadeh, also present in the vehicle.
The release of harrowing audio clips of Hind and Layan’s last moments has brought global attention to the civilian toll of Israel’s prolonged offensive in Gaza, described by some as genocidal.
Journalist Motaz Azaiza, among other pro-Palestine voices, has expressed profound sorrow and outrage on social media platforms over Hind’s death and the broader impacts on Palestinian children.
Currently, the Israeli military’s operations extend to Rafah, perpetuating the cycle of hunger, displacement, and fear among Palestinians.